John McManamy, Patient Expert

John is an author and advocate for Mental Health. He wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for Depression and Bipolar Disorder.

Happiness: Reflections Five Years On

I’ve just been following my “paper trail” back to where I was five years ago. This is fairly easy when you are both a regular blogger and a Facebook user. Five years ago early this month, I had booked a ticket to New Zealand. My grandson was seven mo...
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Anger: Part of Bipolar or Not?

My blogging comrade-in-arms Natasha Tracy just posted a piece on anger. I have written on the topic before, but nothing, I recall, for HealthCentral. Let’s amend that right now … Tracy starts off her piece by noting that the DSM does not list anger a...
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Suicide: The One Topic I Rarely Write About

I tend to write about what I can laugh at. Of all things, I have learned to laugh at depression. It’s complicated. Cultivating a sense of humor was my key to getting through a challenging childhood. Finding comic absurdities in the midst of overwhelm...
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The Amygdala: Bipolar Public Enemy Number One

If you’re looking to finger one particular area of the brain as a prime suspect in bipolar disorder, the amygdala certainly has to be Public Enemy Number One. But it’s not that simple. Let’s get started … Introducing the amygdala … The amygdala is a ...
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